Smart Consumers Know How to Save Big by Making Small Changes

Learn the Tricks of Smart Consumers Nationwide

Sometimes it's the littlest things that we do that can translate into big savings over the long term, and smart consumers know this. If you're looking for ways to save money so you can make your dollars stretch further, you're in the right place. Here are some of my best suggestions for saving money.

Sometimes You Have To Work For It

Flossing is so important, and by now you've probably heard your dentist tell you the very same thing at least a dozen times. Many people skimp on flossing because they're busy, but proper flossing takes less than two minutes and can even be done while you're watching television, so there really is no excuse.

Those who floss regularly have lower incidence of gingivitis and are less likely to need dental treatment such as fillings. How does healthy teeth equate to saving money? A smart consumer knows that a two-minute investment every day can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over your lifetime.

Reuse and Recycle

If you shop at grocery stores that offer a small reimbursement for using your own grocery bags you can save money each and every time you shop for groceries, even if it's only thirty cents. Most consumer smart shoppers don't turn down free money. Recycle your old plastic bags by using them again, and save some spare change in the process.

Read or Toss

If you're guilty of letting your newspapers piles up in a big heap and never reading them, then you really need to reevaluate your newspaper subscriptions. I can guarantee you that most smart shoppers do not pay for items or services that they don't use.

Switch to a weekend-only subscription and enjoy your weekend newspaper with a cup of coffee. Read interesting or important news stories online during the week.

Utilize Coupons

One of the best money-saving suggestions I will ever offer is to use coupons. Grocery coupons, restaurant coupons -- use whatever coupons you can. Those Val-Pak envelopes that come in the mail? They're not junk -- they're your friend. Use the coupons in them to save money on services and dining. No one, no matter how rich they are, is too good to use a coupon.

Of course, these aren't the only ways smart consumers can save money. There are always little changes that could be made to help you save money each and every day.

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